The gentle Bumble bee

I came home from work today to my landlord and her father murdering the bumblebees that live under my front porch a giant can of raid and soap and water they were applying to the dark entrance crack right under my porch was a battle ground. The Bumbles were not going easy or happy. “Bumblebee’s don’t sting you know.” “I don’t know what they are but I don’t wan em”, she says matter of factly and it is her house. So eyes watering up from the sting of raid against them and the heartfelt angst at my friends being destroyed I move to go into my apartment, past the dead and smashed bodies, they reminded me of ignorant children I quelled my rising anger, after all I need this bungalow. I am not ready to move again so soon. I feel like a sellout.

 I go into the house and throw my things on the couch, take off my shoes. Stare out the window and close them all, the smell of raid is thick in the living room and in my throat it feels like I am the one sprayed and choking. I light some candles on the nature table and peel off my clothes now raid infused and change quickly.

 I go back outside and say meekly ” I think I am having an allergic reaction to the Raid can you please stop spraying it?” They are done now though. I hope my mentioning that Bumblebees don’t sting and are in fact good for nature might have made a small ding in their armor of ignorance. The old man (he’s in his 90’s) grew up on a farm he should know better.

I can’t really say all that I want to these people, as I said I don’t want to move. The gypsy lifestyle is not for me. I am a Bumblee myself and I have made my nest here, built my colony and do not plan to leave it any time soon.  The Raid can image is stuck in my mind I hate that smell, it reminds me of my father who was just as ignorant and nature hating as my landlords.  The first chance I get I am going to go out and hose that stuff away but they know me… they will be watching.  I am a known trouble maker and supporter of fringe environmental issues in this neighborhood. My garden club is looked at as if we were a bunch of teenage hooligans or crack dealers. We meet at my house and there are slanted accusatory looks by my landlady. We are no doubt up to some nefarious hippesque terrorism to support spraying no dump tags by the street drainage again or picking up old furniture on the street to repaint and sell at our yearly nature orgy fundraiser. The old lady gangs in Monty Python spring to mind as she stares at us out her backdoor. The girl and boy scout events I hold in the backyard are equally looked upon as bothersome and freakish. Terrariums? “What you want to save plants in there for?” she asks one morning as I am setting up. 

I sound harsh. As I mentioned it is their house really, like the bumbles we are merely squatters in our own fashion. Ones that pay a pretty penny for a close to good schools and downtown location but never the less squatters. I don’t even try to negotiate the area is much coveted.  I miss Pewaukee, there was a greater Nature love and vibe there. It is a bit harsher here and a faster – do what is easier – pace.

I might have to wait till nightfall to covertly wash away the Raid and it won’t matter they will be watching it now.  I need to go to the back and make sure my spiders are secure – there are several I watch while working, they live right there outside my office window, they have become friends to me, their giant webs spanning the window to the bushes in three foot waves that glisten in the morning light.  Last year the landlady took a broom to the webs there stopping when I screamed in horror when I came into the room and saw what she was doing just outside my window. We never really spoke about it. She just stopped and I just stood there and stared at her. “I like to watch them spin their webs.” Is all I said. She sort of stays away from our side of the bungalow on that side now.

My skin feels blistered from the Raid. I can only imagine what the Bumbles must feel. My heart just aches for them. The kids are at a sprinkler last day of summer party. I am thankful they are not witness to the slaughter and ignorance.

We watched Tarantula on one of the Elvira type movie shows last week – Svengooley  http://svengoolie.com/  and I really think the world is ready for another giant killer bug movie.

I went outside just now to see if the coast was clear and grand-dad was right there siting on the porch all smiles and smashing Bumbles as they came out of their hidey hole, he’s not even letting them escape. As if they would want to live there now. More idiocy.

Yes, yes…a big big bug movie. I think this might be my fall project. I am if nothing else inspire.  Sci-fi channel here I come. I want Robert Rodriguez to direct.

 I just found out contrary to what I have been telling people Bumble Bee’s do sting. I hope they are not out for revenge.  (The girls sting, not the boys)

“Sting.” That’s the working title… do you like it?

http://www.pestworldforkids.org/bees.html

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/bumble-bee-facts.html

http://veronicaallen.hubpages.com/hub/Ten-Interesting-Facts-About-The-Bumblebee

Feeling it… Heat, summer and the inspiration of Kates


There has been so much Kate of late I have taken to naming all of my work Kate and I expect there will be more before this Kate storm blows over. At least for me. I have been working as usual on my little masterpieces of flesh and spirit. They keep me busy. And the writing goes well, it is like a best friend that greets me in the mornings, I will miss this enough to start a new romance right away I think. I already have ideas.. all of them with the working title Kate. The heat is especially blanketing this summer. It’s everywhere. I am thinking of Iceland and Sweden and the Great North up above us. That is how I am staying frosty, a battle of northern designs waging against my usual french country yearnings.

Taking a few days off to read blogs and do some research. I was lost for hours in Design blogs today and The theme for Indian Summer and the whole next year is Butterflies.. they are sometimes Fairies you know. My last netflix dvd is the movie Fairy Tale: A true story. Harvey Keitel, is genius as Houdini, everyone in fact is amazing. You should watch it or rewatch it.

Royal Wedding post tommorow(ish). We had so much fun and it has been nonstop baking ever since April.

http://citified.blogspot.com/search/label/royal%20wedding#axzz1LVekTiO5

http://call-me-cupcake.blogspot.com/2010/02/tiramisu-cupcakes.html

Everyday is EarthDay…

Feels like it anyway, we have been celebrating Earth Day since the start of April and I really did for a moment just stop and realize that everyday should be Earth Day. *waves her hand in a royalish gesture towards the cats in the office as if they can bring this about..* – Neck deep in the whole royal wedding too so that was an interesting flavor this year to add to the whole Earth day obsessing.
The majority of this year has been in cleaning up, picking up, noticing trash and recycling. The wee ones are not so wee and are on the path of needing a bit more challenge in their celebrations and their awareness has just bloomed on how much waste and neglect and avarice there is in our world (still can’t seem to move them past the toss and drop stage where they are oblivious to socks, dishes and toys they strew all over but thats another story). We have a long day of nature walks, crafts and hopefully some sun in our lovely Wisconsin neck of the woods. I hope your Earth Day was filled with inspirations!

ACK and still fighting with the new Windows 8 which is like herding cats with the haneous compatibility viewer filter. I really wonder sometimes what Microsoft thinks about and if the heads of that company call up the people who package toys and anything from China, late at night and they all just lay in bed and laugh and giggle and speak in soft whispers about how fun it is to frack with people. I can totally see them doing just that.

This looks pretty neat for May… Is it already almost May? The time is going fast.

The Future of food legislation

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I am a firm supporter of organics and organic milk. I see no reason to feed my children hormone and antibiotic soaked products that only benefit the factory farmer’s need to produce more product.

I want to make sure that I know what is in the food that I feed to my family.

Laws work both ways, yet, they protect and serve corporations more and more – rather than the consumer and if you are not aware what is going on you will end up with only “food like substances”, rich in money for corporations but not in nutrition for the people.

With US states exporting their products all over the world and to other states it is possible that consumers will be sold products that are not labeled with the specifics as to the genetic modifications and bio-gen-antibiotics that are now entering our food streams. Be aware as a consumer where your food is coming from and really what is in it and how it arrives to us.

I think that milk – like water is a hot bed of controversy – we do not need milk or milk products but we want it, so be aware of what you are buying. Cheese, butter, yogurt, milk in all of it’s forms has become a huge part of the human diet in most of the industrialized world. The farmers diet of old is now mainstreamed – It has not always been that way – the issues at hand are more than if our milk is organic and wholesome.

This is about creating laws that benefit corporations at the expense of the people. This is a milk line poured in the sand. The laws that will govern the future are created now and everyday. You need to be aware. Milk and cheese in schools is becoming a very big issue. Do you really know what is in your child’s milk at school or what was in your coffee this morning?
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I have a lot of friends who will not even touch milk or animal products, have not for a long time. We may be going that way if there is no change in the industrial standards of treatment of the animals that we are using for our wants. We must be merciful consumers if we are to use animals at all.

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This is just one issue in this whole new world of corporations using laws to make us consume their products. The future is our responsibility.

Tell Governor Sebelius you want to know how your milk is produced!
Last week, despite strong citizen and farmer opposition, the Kansas State Legislature passed a bill that would limit a farmer’s right to tell their customers whether they produce milk without the genetically engineered hormone, rBGH.
Kansas House Bill 2121 specifies that dairy products promoted as being produced by cows that don’t receive injections of Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) include a potentially misleading disclaimer stating there are no significant differences between milk from cows that are injected with rBGH and cows that are rBGH-free. The “no differences” statement is based on an 18-year-old FDA review of rBGH; however, FDA’s own publications, as well as subsequent scientific studies have shown that there are significant differences, some of which may affect human health.
We share the opinion of the Consumers Union that “HB 2121 puts unnecessary obstacles in the way of consumers getting the information they want, restricts free speech rights of dairies and processors, and interferes with the smooth functioning of free markets.”
This Kansas bill has a national impact because national and regional brands will be forced to either produce separate labels, or simply stop labeling milk without the hormone as rBGH-free. What’s more, if the labeling rule stands in Kansas it can happen in other states too.
Please take a moment to contact Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius before April 16 and urge her to veto HB 2121. Sibelius is President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, which houses the Food and Drug Administration. Let’s remind her to protect consumers’ right to know as her final act as Governor before heading to Washington.
Governor Sebelius could sign as soon as Thursday (April 16), so contact her today!
Send a Message at the Center for Food Safety:
http://ga3.org/campaign/KSrBGHSebelius
Or sign the petition at Food & Water Watch:
http://action.foodandwaterwatch.org/t/5915/petition.jsp?petition_KEY=1907
Learn more about rBGH and labels
Thanks for all your support for family farmers, informed consumer choices, and a sustainable future for all!
Sincerely,
The Farmers and Staff of Organic Valley Family of Farms

Read more newspapers – http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/18/milk-as-a-political-hot-potato/

Happy Spring Equinox ~

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All things being equal this day and night. A time of magic and Spring delights. Traditionally in witch mythology it is the time of Marriage between the God and Goddess, the time of handfasting and commitment to the Witches path through darkness emerging into the light of the new year. The new year is celebrated at Samhain but I have always felt that the wheel turned in Spring. The start of the Astological New year and the time of life springing out of the earth. We plant in Fall to see that life continues. We plant again soon to keep the circle going to spin the wheel through-out the year. A time for everything.

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The fairies full of mischief, having quite enough of the cold and snow. They – just like us are ready to dance on green grasses and smell and taste the air filled with life and summer. The birds are singing again and the sun hits all the right stones to open doorways to other worlds. We have come through the darkness to the other side. We wish our friends down-under safe passage through their journey. Guided by their seperate sky.

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It is time for sweet pastels and green things, quivering with possibility.

I hope you have been well and that Spring will find you healthy and ready to bloom.

I have always loved the bluebonnets and the poppies of my childhood that trumpeted the march of spring. Now I have Robins and Chipmunks and tiny little shoots of daffodils and tulips. Here’s to Spring – forever may she live.

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Produce the Note – in case you are in Foreclosure.

I am so sorry if you are. We are renters and did not try for a Ninja loan or the ARM or whatever shady thing they were selling – husband was not sure if we were going to move to Hawaii and a million other reasons. Still I am seeing so many around us that we know going to into Forclosure. Losing their jobs, their cars, homes – everything. Beyond stressful and sad. I saw this on ABC and it can buy you a bit of time – Good luck.

http://www.consumerwarningnetwork.com/2008/06/19/produce-the-note-how-to/

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hLOuvy9fguykC2NydTDrkqqyybvQD96DHN5G0

I thought that we – as renters – would not see to much of the horror but I was wrong. It is starting to effect every caste and every hamlet and village. I am so glad I watched all those Waltons episodes and listened to my Grandmothers about the Depression. I do still wish we had bought a farm though.

http://www.tv.com/the-waltons/show/1279/summary.html

Good night Barack and Michelle.

Mr. Splashy Pants, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, and wtf are we doing to our world?

First let me just say it is not just Japan, Iceland and Norway. The USA has some nasty business going on too and if you have time and the inclination, write a letter a poem, a blog post, paint a painting, make a quilt, a cake or just a ruckuss. This cannot happen on our watch. We cannot let whales be hunted in great numbers again. http://www.opposingviews.com/articles/news-secret-us-plan-to-expand-whaling-is-revealed

I just want to also point out that said nations are suffering some nasty times. Coincidence? I think not. Notice the first part is “Coin”. I am thinking Nature is starting to pull the plug there pirates. Lets help her along shall we. Give voice to end this disgusting symptom of corruption, greed and evil.

http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/campaigns/oceans/whale-defenders

It is good to see Green Peace alive and well and thriving. I am in full support of them getting better tech than the whalers and the creepy oil tankers need to be done as well. Where are all the solar powered ships and the submarines? I would like to see our Navy become involved in the protection of the Oceans and her creatures.

“Whaling is the illegal practice of whale hunting for commercial purposes. The practice has been prevalent since the *16th century and was condemned and declared illegal after five of the thirteen big whales were found to be endangered. In spite of this ban, Japanese ships are reported to have killed five whales in the Southern ocean.
The incidence has occurred even as Australian foreign minister Stephen Smith discussed the issue of whaling with his Japanese counterpart, Masahiko Komura in a meeting held between the two. During the meeting Mr. Smith is said to have strongly opposed Japanese whaling programs and Mr. Komura seemed to support him in his talks. According to a spokesman,  During the meeting the two countries have agreed to disagree on this issue. This whaling incident took place when Greenpeace and Sea Shepherd ships had to inevitably return to refuel their vessels in Australia. Taking advantage of the situation five whales in the Southern Ocean were killed. The executive director of Sea Shepherd Kim McCoy who was on board the Steve Irwin ship describes the incidence as ‘incredibly frustrating’.  

Source: Brisbane times http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/news/national/japanese-kill-five-whales-as-talks-continue/2008/02/01/1201800974970.html

* My research shows that families in Japan have historically hunted whales even before the 13th century – and much like the Native Americans in Alaska (Inuit) it was a village tradition that was season specific and highly ritualized , they did not factory farm the whales in huge killing machines, they were matched with whales spear and spout. The rights of indiginious peoples to practice their religious connections to the land are not being discussed this posting – it is the large scale factory illegal farming that I am protesting. If the tools evolve then there needs to be an understanding that the rules have changed. Nature will not tolerate the strip mining for long and will eventually step in and give some penalties.

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Image: Greenpeace

 http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/

http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/campaigns/oceans/whale-defenders/gp-tv-great-whale-trail-chan

I have never ceased to be amazed at the avarice of whale hunters..And that whole “research” sign on the hunter ship is just sick. The Japanese government allowing/claiming research on whales only to kill them, slice them up on the sly and sell their meat is beyond reasonable. When they have signed treaties to end the hunting of whales – which are intelligent ancient mammals – they need to stick to their word.

Very bad Karma.

Obviously the Japanese, Icelandic, USA and Norwegian, (and other) Ministers are corrupt and need to watch Star Trek the Voyage Home about a million times. Like the world does not have enough corruption.

An alternative use for these hunter ships could be deep ocean research with robots – technology and power used for good not evil.  They could lease their boats to (non-evil) scientific teams and explore the ocean and develop even better GPS – Aqua robotic sensor environments for the purpose of underwater houses and agro deep sea farming – large kelp beds. Huge money in this. Much more than tuna or whales – I am proposing the use of (non-evil) technology and the great fortunes to be made on the development and capture of patents and product. How’s that boys? Swimming in cash and not killing anything!  Finding a Green and non-invasive way to build in the deep oceans will make whatever government(s) pioneering this tech, wealthy beyond reason – not even going to mention the ancillary Space research you could get in on with such technologies or the cool t-shirts you could sell made out of organic kelp. So let’s leave the fish and the whales alone and evolve. Take it to the next step Boys and all the Ships at sea. Looks like it is time for a new Moby Dick movie, mabey Old School Japanes style with a modern GreenPeace twist.  

Or…..if you like…if you insist…

We could go all GMO – human DNA mixed with killer whales and even the battle out a bit.

No?

Science rules – killers of whales drool.

I grew up watching the amazing Jacques-Yves Cousteau and our Under Sea World. We need these programs much more than reality TV and tmz. We need to realize again what is important.

leviathan_final and it is not killing whales.

Interested in other opinions on whaling?

http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Styx/9189/whaligcon.html

http://www.theage.com.au/news/opinion/getting-to-know-the-japanese/2007/01/15/1168709664244.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7153594.stm

http://www.divephotoguide.com/news/japan_continues_to_eat_whale

http://www.madmermaids.com/stop_killing_whales.html

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2002/02/0206_020206_wirewhales.html

And you have to see this page to realize the full scope of Government involvment for the Japanese. http://www.icrwhale.org/eng-index.htm (Japan’s Institute of Cetacean Research)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/feb/24/whaling-iceland (great article on Icelandic pick-up of whaling to “save” their economic situation)

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3760/is_199701/ai_n8739894

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jW_PhC_PNFdG1iyy3fY-4QpqJ-4Q  (Norway on Whaling)

Animal Planet – Mother Jones article – http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2008/11/whaling-whalers (wow)

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